The CW Is Gender-Bending The Lost Boys And We Can’t Wait
In late January, news broke that The CW had ordered a pilot episode for the long-awaited television adaptation of The Lost Boys. The series had been in limbo since the 2016-2017 development season, with the original intention being to expand on the universe from the iconic ’80s film by having each season follow a decade in the characters’ lives beginning with San Francisco in 1967 and covering seventy more years of the vampires’ exploits, according to tea from Dead Entertainment. A February 12 episode of The Witching Hour podcast revealed that executive producers Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame) and Heather Mitchell are switching things up and gender-bending the film’s leads for the television series.
The original film followed the Emerson Brothers, Michael and Sam, who move to the idyllic seaside town of Santa Carla and find themselves wrapped up in a fight for their lives against a local gang of vampires. In the movie, Michael and Sam seek help from the Frog Brothers, a pair of vampire hunters that help them as they navigate the town’s vampire infestation. Realizing the original plot could have used a little more girl-power, the CW will be turning the Frog Brothers into the Frog Sisters. That’s right, the movie’s comic book enthusiast vampire experts will now be female characters, a big W for female comic book fans everywhere that never get to see themselves in mainstream media.
Ironically, the film actually gender bent one of the script’s characters, as Sam Emerson was supposed to be a girl. Bleeding Cool points out that scenes including the Frog Brothers “read a certain way” when Sam was a female character, which seems to imply that Sam and the Frog Brothers originally had some ~flirty tension~ that will hopefully be brought back now that they’re the Frog Sisters. Looks like Michael wasn’t supposed to be the only Emerson sibling with a romantic storyline.
The official logline for the new series is: “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.” Yup, that sounds like a CW television series to us. Beautiful and youthful undead? Sign us up!
Hopefully, The Lost Boys television series will fill the hole left by The Vampire Diaries and give viewers our fill of sexy vampires (and vampire hunters) falling in love with boring humans and letting us live vicariously through them. No ~official~ casting news has been released yet, but we can all assume the leads will be ridiculously attractive 25-year-olds pretending that 17-year-old high school students could ever possibly have six-pack abs and a defined jawline.